What is Elder Law? blog post by Jennifer L. VanderVeen, CELA at Tuesley Hall Konopa, LLPElder law is a practice area that focuses on the needs of the elderly and disabled and their caregivers. From advising a family on the practicalities of choosing and financing long term care to helping a disabled individual manage his or her public benefits, elder law attorneys find solutions to the issues faced by people already coping with a stressful situation.

As a certified elder law attorney, my clients are families and caregivers navigating the maze of Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, Veterans benefits, estate planning and end of life care. We not only help with questions of eligibility and asset protection, we guide clients through the processes and procedures of applying for and maintaining those benefits.

In addition, we advise individuals and other fiduciaries who are managing financial and health care decisions on their responsibilities and duties as either an attorney in fact or trustee. One of the integral parts of caring for an elderly or disabled family member is knowing how to make these decisions properly so as not to jeopardize the individual’s public benefits or cause unnecessary liability for the caregiver.

Who should consult an elder law attorney? Anyone who is:

  • Facing long term care for themselves or a loved one;
  • Taking over the management of financial and health care decisions for someone else;
  • Caring for a disabled individual;
  • Questioning what benefits they may be eligible for;
  • Seeking advice on how to structure their estate plan to ease future management of their assets.

The elder law team of Tuesley Hall Konopa, LLP is available to answer all of these questions and provide peace of mind at what can be a confusing and stressful time. Call 574.232.3538 for an appointment.